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Pipeline lowers water level, but Village could pump the brakes soon

KRONENWETTER (WAOW)--Some homeowners in Kronenwetter face rising water, and ever-rising costs to fix the problem. Although the Village installed a pipeline to lower the ground water level, it could soon be removed, putting homeowners back at square one.

The pipeline, which was brought in to take care of water that flooded ditches and homes in four subdivisions near country road X and XX, is still on stand by should it be needed, but the Director of Public Works said it is scheduled for removal at the end of this month.

Jim Peterson, who lives off of Forest Grove, has seen water seep into his basement since 2010, and argues the only thing that has alleviated the problem is the pipeline. "We've definitely seen a difference. However. if they don't continue to drain it and keep up with that, it's just going to come back."

By draining water from Golden Pond and taking it to a sewer drain farther down the road, the pipeline has reduced the ground water table by at around two feet according to Sean Von Bergen, Director of Public Works for the Village. But installation of the system cost $26,000 dollars plus another $1,000 dollars for every day it's used. That is a high expense, and now there is discussion about putting sewer systems into neighborhoods affected.

It's been tabled by the Kronenwetter Board pending an engineering study, and residents could foot the bill if the plan goes through. That has some neighbors fired up because not everyone has flooding problems, but they could still pay for the system to be put into place.

So why didn't the city install the storm drains in the first place? "Our building codes require some sort of water conveyance and ditches are one of the acceptable methods," said Van Bergen.

But Peterson said the drains filled up, and the extra water filled his basement with inches of water. For now, the pipeline sits on the sidelines in case there's a need, but for homeowners like Peterson, the flooding problem makes putting his property on the market impossible.

"I've got a house right now that's not sellable. I can't sell it. There's nothing I can do," he said.

Van Bergen said the issue will come up again at the Village's first board meeting in August.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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